PUMA, a joint venture (JV) between Boskalis and Van Oord, has completed the first phase of the Maasvlakte II harbour expansion at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Maasvlakte II now features 700 hectares of new industrial sites, 11km of seawall, 3.5km of quay wall, 24km of roads, 14km of rail and 560 hectares of port basin.
The JV used trailing suction dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, stone dumpers, backhoes, bulldozers, dumpers and other equipment in the five years it has taken to complete the project.
Finance for the first phase of the Maasvlakte II was provided by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoRA).
The port had earmarked €1.9bn for the first stage of Maasvlakte II, including new land, infrastructure and connections to the existing port area.
The PUMA JV secured a €1.1bn contract in 2007 for the design, construction and maintenance of the project, with each partner taking a 50% share in the contract.
PoRA, which manages and operates the port and industrial area in Rotterdam, is currently working on the nautical accessibility of Maasvlakte II, including the installation of lights and buoys so that ships can enter the area by 22 May 2013.
In 2014, a new flyover intersection is expected to be built at the ECT terminal to connect the existing port area with Maasvlakte II.
Additionally, APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) have started the first phase of construction on a 2.7 million teu container terminal on the Maasvlakte II, with operations scheduled to commence in November 2014.
Image: Maasvlakte II now has 700 hectares of new industrial sites, 11km of seawall, 3.5km of quay wall, 24km of roads, 14km of rail and 560 hectares of port basin. Photo: Port of Rotterdam.